BUFFALO FEDERATION OF NEIGHBORHOOD CENTERS
“YOU MATTER” FUND TO HELP PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO ACCESS GROCERY SHOPPING, MEDICAL and MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES For RESIDENTS LIVING IN THE FRUITBELT and OTHER EASTSIDE COMMUNITIES
Daysi Ball, BFNC Hope Center and Senior Services Director talks to WGRZ reporter about the grocery trip to TOPS on Maple Road.
Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers (BFNC) has established a fund to help the Fruit Belt and other east side residents who shop at the Tops Market on Jefferson Avenue. Recognizing the importance of serving community members living in the Fruit Belt and surrounding East Side neighborhoods, the BFNC CEO, Chandra Redfern saw a need for the agency to fill an important service gap.
“BFNC observed the impact to the community from the tragic mass shooting on May 14th.
As a result, the local Tops Supermarket that served as the only viable food source for many East Side residents is currently closed. This has not only affected the residents in the zip codes 14208 and 14209 that borders the supermarket, but the impact is also being felt by residents residing in the Fruitbelt and several neighborhoods on the East Side such as the 14204 and 14212 neighborhoods,” stated Chandra Redfern, BFNC CEO.
Redfern adds, “We see the growing needs as the number of BFNC Pantry shoppers increase weekly and the increase in calls for youth support services, care management and residential services.”
DETAILS ABOUT THE BFNC TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE
- The Transportation assistance is for grocery shopping, physical and mental health appointments for residents living in 14204 and 14212.
- For more information or to schedule a ride contact Letrice at 716-856-0363
- There is a limit of 8 rides per month per customer.
- Participants will have access to rides from BFNC volunteers or a taxi service that the agency has retained to provide transportation.
Donations to the fund can be made on the BFNC website at: https://bfnc.org/how-to-help/ways-to-donate/ or call 716-856-0363.
About Buffalo Federation of Community Centers (BFNC): BFNC assists community members with overcoming life obstacles. BFNC has over 125 years of serving the Buffalo community and providing a safety-net of human services to assist residents with mental illness, substance abuse, affordable housing, financial training, and tax assistance. We also provide quality youth programming and services that assist and provide guidance as they create their paths to success. Learn more at www.bfnc.org. Follow our stories on Facebook: buffalobfnc, LinkedIn and Tik Tok @BFNC716
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